The Great American West of John Ford (1973)
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A must watch for students of cinema. A tribute TV special to John Ford, director of Stage Coach, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence and so many more huge films. A mature John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda appear with the director in conversational settings. [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRZFIhtXvkOFlI_5pI4W5IPPjE5Q9C2l0Pk3DJLgpFoAbKethHI[/img] SEE the film at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXCV9iH_2fY [img]http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRovTZ29nHp8X6nAVBOISchap8Vdi9fxxlNuFwVewgz_2WmhyZw[/img] OR here: www.hulu.com/watch/133474/the-great-american-west-of-john-ford [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSFmfmXrjI3PSsVnXiDFFA3Bisr7TM8N6GEVXT68BEuuhddjD3Nvg[/img] A documentary encapsulating the career and Western films of director 'John Ford' , including clips from his work and interviews with his colleagues. [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSaI22_lqzpmZ8EGOyLslSjXlsFrY82Y-IhLcRffILPGh9UFLjD[/img] This documentary shows that John Ford had no regard for faithful, historcally accurate films. They could be shot anywhere. The end of Custer in the battle of Little Big Horn was not shot anywhere near where it happened. It was shot in Monument Valley, Utah... filled with desert and high stone cliffs. [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT4XyiSbFYe-06OFWSFNutZT7RYey3Djtt3Y8-1c3A1-5wMyYzwQA[/img] The shoot out at the O.K. Corral between the Earps and the Clantons was similarly not always faithful to reality. While Ford did have first hand acquaintence with Wyatt Earp in his later years, Earp told him and sketched the shootout to the best he remembered it. Ford then shot the film to that memory. But Ford was all too willing to forsake the truth in sake of the legend. The problem with directors like Ford today is that we like seeing the historical truth on film. Not some fantasy recollection of it. Ford believed the legend was always far better to see than the truth. [img]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQLHtik21q3gAHDNjcUK8yNDvHe6gkkkE0mrr_V8VCYJckUCnwm[/img] My, how far have we come. [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSyy_n_HaWkeZdgXoL79yFBgZQmfRoVxLcRcRsob-7TpL3IOOs_[/img] Complete credited cast: John Wayne ... Himself - Narrator James Stewart ... Himself - Narrator Henry Fonda ... Himself - Narrator John Ford ... Himself Andy Devine ... Himself REVIEWS: 1 Excellent tv documentary about the films of John Ford, with narration from actors Stewart, Wayne, and Fonda. Featuring a special cameo from western actor Andy Devine. 2 1971 television special about movie director John Ford's career narrated by John Wayne, James Stewart, and Henry Fonda. Footage of Wayne, Stewart, and Fonda talking with the aging Ford are interspersed with an array of clips from Ford's films spanning more than five decades, including The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers, and Stagecoach, each of which is dealt with at some length. 3 70% VERY INTERESTING DOCUMENTARY, WITH FASCINATING INSIGHTS INTO THE GREAT DIRECTOR JOHN FORD. NICE APPEARANCES BY JOHN WAYNE AND HENRY FONDA. [img]http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQiI2C4FVqKMS-pbJb6xAJBh6veN7Cb7p2lv_Pq3YOPGDg8SU8_[/img]
VERY INTERESTING DOCUMENTARY, WITH FASCINATING INSIGHTS INTO THE GREAT DIRECTOR JOHN FORD. NICE APPEARANCES BY JOHN WAYNE AND HENRY FONDA. INFORMATIVE AND WELL MADE.
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